Zack Estrin, Showrunner of Prison Break and Lost in Space, Dies at Age 51

Estrin was in the midst of finishing up work on projects for Netflix as part of his overall contract with the streaming service when he passed away. Zack Estrin, a writer and TV producer, passed away at the age of 51.

His representatives confirm that Estrin, best known for his work on Prison Break and Lost in Space, has passed away in Hermosa Beach, California. Estrin reportedly died unexpectedly on Friday from cardiac arrest while out for a jog.  There were no known health issues with him.

Zack Estrin Death

His family said in a statement, “Zack Estrin was our everything.” “The best husband, father, son, and friend. One of his greatest joys was bringing smiles to the faces of others. He loved to make everyone happy. He loved to make everyone laugh. He loved being a writer/producer and being a part of creating these shows that people enjoyed. But above all, he loved his family and friends. Thank you all for being a part of his life and ours.”

zack estrin death
zack estrin death

Estrin attended the University of Southern California before beginning his career in television production; he was born in Woodland, California, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Earlier in his career, he worked on series like Charmed, Dawson’s Creek, and Tru Calling; later, he became showrunner and executive producer for the series The River and The Whispers. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was a project he co-created and oversaw as an executive producer.

His most recent work is the third and final season of Netflix‘s reboot of the classic TV show Lost in Space (2021). “Zack was a beloved writer, producer, and partner, whose work taught us to seek adventure and trust in the family. His vision and passion will be greatly missed,” According to Netflix’s VP of series, Matt Thunell.

Estrin had been working on projects for the streaming giant as part of a larger contract at the time of his death. His wife, Kari, and two daughters, Charlotte and Chloe, will carry on without him.

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